Department of Justice


$11,209.00 - $14,401.00

Final Filing Date: 3/28/2019

Job Description and Duties

Under the general supervision of the Senior Assistant Attorney General, the Supervising Deputy Attorney General (SDAG) provides legal advice and representation to the Attorney General, other state constitutional officers, multiple divisions within the Department of Justice, and various other state agencies and departments concerning compliance with the California Public Records Act and relevant constitutional and statutory privacy provisions. The SDAG establishes and maintains procedures, resources, and training to ensure consistent practices Department-wide concerning the handling of Public Records Act requests and litigation. The SDAG also facilitates timely communication between the Public Records Act Unit, Executive-level management, and the Department’s external communications office regarding sensitive, important, and high-profile matters. The SDAG appears in courts throughout California at both the trial and appellate levels. The SDAG may also coordinate or work on other aspects of the Government Law Section’s practice, including the preparation of titles and summaries for ballot measures, various litigation or advice matters, and drafting proposed state legislation. SDAGs in the Government Law Section are routinely asked to provide legal advice directly to the Chief Assistant Attorney General, the Chief Deputy to the Attorney General, and the Attorney General, as well as other Executive-level management.

In addition to the legal duties listed above, the SDAG directs, monitors, and evaluates the work of a team of Deputy Attorneys General (DAGs). The SDAG provides substantive support, assistance, and training to DAGs handling Public Records Act matters, appearing before various trial and appellate courts, and advising various public officials on legal issues. The work handled by Government Law Section DAGs within the Public Records Act Unit is similar to the SDAG work described above. Additionally, the SDAG supervises, evaluates the performance of, and provides training and substantive input to paralegals. The SDAG also handles general administrative matters including participation in the interview and selection process for SDAGs, DAGs, and paralegals.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$11,209.00 - $14,401.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Work Week:
Monday to Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Government Law Section. 
  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility. 
  •  For more information about the department please visit the Attorney General’s website at

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check may be required.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control (JC-141769) and the title of this position in the "Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying" section located on the first page of your state application.
  • Must be present in the office during regular business hours, at least nine out of every ten working days. On any alternative work day, must be available by telephone to address any departmental emergencies.
  • The incumbent may be required to travel to remote locations within the state, sometimes with little notice.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 3/28/2019

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Justice
Attn: Rachel Thurman (JC-141769)
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Rachel Thurman (JC-141769)
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other -
    • A cover letter is required.
    • A writing sample is required. 
  • Other -

    Click on the following link to complete the California Department of Justice Recruitment Survey:

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Exceptional management skills. Very strong research and writing skills. Excellent public speaking and communication skills. The highest level of independent judgment and discretion in handling sensitive matters. Litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels. Thorough knowledge of the California Public Records Act and relevant privacy laws. Knowledge of state records systems, including those in the Department of Justice. Enthusiasm for the legal issues relevant to the California Public Records Act. Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines. Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure. Ability to work independently and with all levels of staff. Ability to take direction from senior management. Ability to maintain good client relations. Ability to be a creative and resourceful problem solver. Interest in handling complex, high profile matters of statewide importance. Computer literacy and research skills required.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Tracie Campbell
(916) 210-6068

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail